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People face severe water crisis in Ranchi
People in Ranchi are facing severe water crisis due to the bad climatic condition and drought like situation in the region. ANI

Senior space scientist describes GSLV failure "a tragic incident"
Senior space scientist Professor Yashpal described the failure of the GSAT-5P communication satellite launch today as a very tragic incident. ANI

Sand sculpture of Santa Claus spreads 'Go Green' message in Puri
Renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created the world's biggest green coloured Santa Claus at the Golden beach of Puri to spread the message of 'Go Green'. ANI

Aurangabad artist writes holy book on rice grains
Gajendra Wadonkar, a unique artist from Aurangabad, has written chapters of a holy book on rice grains and is aiming to register him in the Guinness book of World records. ANI

Manipur hosts seventh orange festival
The seventh orange festival was celebrated with enthusiasm and amid heavy security in Manipur's Tameglonglong District recently. ANI

Communal amity thrives in Karnataka district
Setting an example of communal harmony, the women professionals belonging to different religions have been working together in joss (fragrance essence) stick units for the past several decades in Chintamani town of Karnataka's Chikkabalapura District. ANI

Heavy snowfall in Europe hampers Jaipur tourism
Heavy snowfall in Europe has hit the tourism industry in Jaipur, as around 70 percent of tourists from the European nations have cancelled their bookings in hotels and allied arrangements with travel agents due to the bad weather. ANI

Former Kerala CM Karunakaran cremated with full state honours
Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, who breathed his last in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, was cremated with full state honours here today. ANI

'I never contacted Radia', says Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday refuting all allegations over his alleged links with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia said he did not even know her. ANI

Onion prices to come down soon, says Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the consumers would soon be relieved of skyrocketing onion prices in the country, as the Central Government is importing vegetables from the neighbouring nations. ANI

South Korean cyclist on peace mission reaches Bodhgaya
A South Korean cyclist, who is on a world tour to spread the message of 'World Peace', arrived here on Saturday. ANI

Manipur Govt. provides monetary assistance to orphaned children
Manipur Government has initiated a scheme of extending monetary assistance to those children, who are orphaned due to militancy in the region. ANI

PM did not ask for report on rise in onion prices: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday refuted reports that the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has sought an explanation from his ministry on the extraordinary rise in onion prices. ANI

People celebrate Christmas across India
People across India celebrated Christmas with great fervour and enthusiasm. ANI

Christians attend midnight mass across India
People from Christian community attended midnight mass in churches on the Christmas eve across the country. ANI

BJP leaders greet former PM Vajpayee on his 87th birthday
Scores of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists and well wishers gave their best wishes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 87th birthday here on Saturday. ANI

Former Kerala CM to be cremated today
Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, who passed away in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, will be cremated with full state honours here today. ANI

Mukherjee blames Opposition for dishonouring Parliamentary democracy
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday blamed the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left Front for disrespecting the norms of democracy and the faith bestowed by the people of the nation in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre. ANI

GSLV launch suffers technical failure at Stage One
The launch of India's latest communication satellite GSAT-5P on board GSLV-F06 vehicle from the Sriharikota rocket launch centre in Tamil Nadu failed on Saturday due to technical failure at Stage One. ANI

VHP President Singhal charges Sonia Gandhi of spoiling Hindu culture
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) President Ashok Singhal has accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi of spoiling the Hindu culture and creating differences of among religions in the country. ANI

Gyari Dolma withdraws from 2011 Tibet general elections
Gyari Dolma, the deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, has withdrawn her candidature from the general elections scheduled for March next year. ANI

Food inflation could come down soon, says Ahluwalia
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said the prices of onions have started reducing, and the food inflation rate would follow the suit. ANI

Assamese photographer launches book on different roles of women
Moshumee Katkootia Jha, an actress turned photographer, recently launched her maiden book " 'Ananya' - her journey through life" in which she has documented different roles a women plays during her life. ANI

Jorhat becomes popular investment destination for multinationals
Multinational brands, foreign banks and investors from across the country have flocked to Jorhat to tap the potential of the region as the militancy has declined in Assam. he city has transformed into one of the biggest markets and most investment friendly regions in the country. ANI

Manipur holds science exhibition
The 31st edition of the annual science exhibition was held in Manipur recently with the aim of encouraging young scientists and innovators in the region. ANI

Armed militants rob people in Imphal
Unidentified armed militants robbed people at gunpoint in here recently. ANI

Free s*x advice clinic has no takers as shy Chinese youths go online
Clinics offering free s*x education and advice may soon fade out, as shy Chinese youngsters are turning to the Internet for all their queries. ANI

Not all is well with Bihar's young rural mothers
Now that the new government in Bihar is in place and that too with a thundering mandate, it is time to address the problems that the state which is struggling to emerge from centuries old backwardness and debilitating social divisions faces. ANI

West Bengal police arrest two Maoists in West Midnapore
West Bengal Police took into its custody two Maoist leaders in West Midnapore district on Friday, and recovered a huge cache of directional landmines as well as uniforms of Central paramilitary forces from them. ANI

Diplomatic communications are of 'privileged' nature: Nirupama Rao
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has disapproved the leakage of U.S. diplomatic cables by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, saying diplomatic communications are of a 'privileged' nature and should remain like that. ANI

Nirupama Rao launches MEA website, says 'Web' is a tool of great empowerment
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao expressing her pleasure at the launch of the re-designed website of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the brand new Public Diplomacy (PD) Division website, said 'Web' is a tool of great empowerment, which has revolutionized the way in which information is collated, communicated and accessed. ANI

Gujjars intensify stir, put forward new demands to Rajasthan Government
The Gujjar community has intensified their agitation demanding five per cent reservation in government jobs and educational agitations in Rajasthan. ANI

CBI questions Raja again on 2G scam role
Former Telecom Minister A Raja was being questioned again at the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here on Saturday in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom firms. ANI

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